On June 7th, 2012, about 70 women including 10 women from Fukushima did a “die-in” in front of the Prime Minister’s Official Residence to protest against the restarting of Ohi Nuclear Power Plant. Before the die-in, 10 Fukushima women visited the Cabinet office and met with officials to submit a letter of request addressed to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. Here are some of their words:
*After the Fukushima disaster, vast areas of Fukushima prefecture have been contaminated with high-level of radiation. The condition of the accident site are yet to be stabilized and the radiation leakage still continues. We hear that the safety measures at the Ohi nuclear power plants are worse even than crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant……...
*It’s a great agony to live in a contaminated area. I lost hope to live. But to tell everyone about this agony xxx now, I’m trying to live for the purpose. I don’t want anyone to go through what I’m going through.
*Did anyone take the responsibility for the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power accident? Who did it? I don’t think anyone did. When I heard Prime Minister Noda said “I will restart nuclear power plants on my responsibility”, I’ve realized that he is living in a different world. I couldn’t understand what he was saying at all…….
*Ever since then, worrying about my children occupied my mind, so I cannot listen to music….. In late June last year, I started to suffer from various health problems one after another. The problems are the exactly the same as those found in the villages around Chernobyl……(Babies, young children are the most vulnerable. Also radiation affects adults, too. Different people get affected in a different way. Mia June). We were already exposed to a critical amount of radiation when the levels were high. In addition, now we are forced to be exposed to radiation internally every day……..It’s a sin to start Ohi nuclear plant without preparation! And if an accident occurs, that will heap a sin upon sin! Fukushima demonstrates it. Please tell him so.
*While listening to these women from Fukushima, didn’t you think they are wonderful? During the past year, women in Fukushima relearned everything. Everything since the beginning of human history. We relearned how foolish humans are. How we have always fought each other. How we dug out the worst thing, thing called “Uranium”, and how we started to use it. We have learned those things more than scientists. We are risking our lives, really……
*I had one daughter who had a baby in late January last year and then that the accident occurred. We thought we had to flee and tried to figure out the way to do so in confusion. But in those early days in Fukushima, there was no gasoline, no public transportation. Shinkansen (bullet train) had stopped. The airport had stopped its operation. There were no means for us to evacuate. (Japanese government only evacuated the citizens who lived in 20km radios of the plant. Mia June)…….So we were compelled to decide to be exposed to radiation at home……..My highest priority is to protect children. If you have money to spend on decontamination, please use it for evacuating children in the first place.
*We are living in fear. Please imagine, for example, you can’t dry your washing and bedding gear outside. You can’t take a deep breath. I have grandchildren, but I can’t invite them to Fukushima, my city of Koriyama because the high radiation level. And in the meantime, swimming classes at school are starting soon. A lot of radioactive things have stuck to the walls of the swimming pool, concrete walls. A little scrubbing won’t remove it. A lot of cesium has accumulated at the bottom floor. Water itself is scary. We are exposed to radiation day by day. Particularly children are at higher risk. I think you already know how dangerous radiation is. Please know more about Fukushima! If you do, you will even begin to think about restarting. Please address this issue as a human being.
*Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, where are you looking at? What are you looking at when you decide your policies? You are not looking at us at all. You put economy first. You are such a shallow prime minister who tries to restart Ohi nuclear plant with a shallow word “It’s safe.” I can’t forgive you. You said “The ultimate responsibility rests with me.” What do you mean by it? Does it only mean giving the go ahead? How are you going to take responsibility after that? Can you say you are willing to face life sentence if anything goes wrong? I think you are an extremely insincere prime minister…….
*Stop the Next Nuclear Disaster